Christmas Safety Tips

Christmas RemyIt’s that time of year again. Christmas, and the New Year are here and it means a busy time of year for everyone. Please do not allow your hustling and bustling to take its toll on your greyhound. With some common sense planning, you should be able to spend the holidays with your pets without having to make a trip to the emergency animal hospital or to go out in the cold to search for a missing dog.

Here are some helpful hints:

First, realize that your hound(s) may not like all the activities and noise that comes with the holiday season even if you do. What you may enjoy may drive them into negative behaviors that you will have to deal with. Remember that extra lights (especially blinking and rotating) may make some dogs nervous. Lots of company and young children (when they are not used to being around people daily) may stress out a normal dog. If they need to go outside to relieve themselves, and you are too busy with company to notice the signals, you may have accidents to clean up.

Think ahead. Think of the change in routine. Set aside a quiet spot for your hound(s) to escape from the noise and confusion. Perhaps it would be time to bring out the crate or make a place in a bedroom that would provide your dog with a chance to rest when things get busy and noisy. Don’t force a dog to wear a costume, hat, garlands, etc. if it hasn’t had to wear anything in the past. It may be funny to you and your guests, but your dog may not like it at all!

If your hound is not used to being around small children, you should make sure that your guests know to keep their children away from your dog. As the old saying goes, “Let sleeping dogs lie.” You don’t want to have to apologize if your hound snaps or bites if it is awakened suddenly or pounced upon by a small child.

Check your hound’s collar for wear and tear and replace old worn out collars so they don’t break unexpectedly. Check to make sure your dog is wearing some form of identification. If you don’t use collars indoors, please use a tag collar. Make sure that your dog is not at the door when company arrives so that it doesn’t accidentally get loose. In fact, it’s a good idea to put a sign on your outside gates and doors warning guests that you have a pet inside! There are great, reasonably-priced signs available on line that you can buy.

Keep harmful items out of the reach of your hound. If you get busy while decorating your house, make sure that anything you don’t want your hound to get hold of should be put up out of reach. Keep food out of reach as well. Make sure that all food is picked up from the tables after meals and hot pots are removed from stove burners. The rule should be: no food and/or decorations within chewing, nibbling, pulling-over distance!

Did you know that a lot of plants that people decorate with at Christmas time are harmful to hounds? Keep poinsettias, mistletoe, amaryllis, and narcissus high and out of reach. Put avocados, chocolate, almonds and apricots away. Keep cooked turkey and chicken bones away from your hound. They can puncture the intestines. At a minimum, all of these items can make your hound sick. Alcohol should not be a part of your pet’s celebration of the holidays.

Keep a bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide on hand. Make sure it is a fresh bottle and that it still bubbles. This is one of the most important items you can have in your emergency first aid kit. If you suspect that your hound has eaten something harmful, a dose of HP will cause vomiting. Before you start dosing, though, make sure you have the dose right and that vomiting is the appropriate treatment. Keep the number on your refrigerator for the SPCA’s poison control center and for your vet (and an emergency veterinary clinic if you are lucky enough to have one within driving distance). This may save valuable time if you need to reach someone in a hurry.

Walk around your house and think of all the possible ways your hound could get hurt or ingest something harmful. Something as simple as your hound swallowing a long piece of thread can cause great harm if the thread wraps around the intestines. Fiberfill from a squeaky toy can get caught in the stomach or block the colon. And watch those rawhides and other treats! More dogs suffer diarrhea, stomach upsets, and blockages over the holidays by eating lots of treats that have been manufactured out of the US and have been processed with harmful chemicals. Large pieces of rawhides swallowed can also block up the digestive system. If you are uncertain about the treats your hound receives, throw them away!

If you put up a live Christmas tree, watch that your hound does not drink the water in the stand, especially if you add something to the water to help preserve the tree. If your hound exhibits behavior that is not usual, please take the time to find out what may be causing the problem. For instance, a laid back dog that suddenly starts acting like a Velcro dog may indicate that he/she is not feeling well. Learn your dog’s signals and take the time to think about what may be wrong.

If you plan to be very busy and do not want to worry about your hound, please use a pet sitter or make reservations at a kennel for your hound when you’ll be busiest.

Unfortunately, most animal adoption groups have to prepare for returns around this time of year as that is when most of the returns happen. The holidays should not be a time when frustration leads people to return their pet rather than to make the few adjustments it takes ahead of time to deal with the potential problems. We want your holidays to be happy and healthy for your dog and you!

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow BridgeThe following greyhounds have passed on to the Rainbow Bridge.  Each was greatly loved by their adopters.  Each had a wonderful life filled with love and excellent care.  As we go about our work, we take the time to think about all the dogs that got a chance at a good life and feel fortunate to have played a role in this.  We know that losing a greyhound is hard because they bring so much in to our lives.  But at the same time we realize that each had a chance at a life filled with love.  We’d like to thank their adopters for giving them homes where they were valued as members of the family.

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AMF Rough Rider (Rider) loved by the Kroschinsky family

 

 

 

 

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Impact (Impact) loved by the Nichter family

 

 

 

 

 

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Jag’s Devil Dog (Dee) loved by the Barrett family

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER IS ON ITS WAY!

 

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Just a quick notice that we just sent out our Christmas newsletter!  It is filled with all of the news of 2014 with lots of great information.  This was sent out via the US mail.  If you do not get your newsletter, it may be because we do not have your correct address.  Please contact us so that we can update your contact information and get a newsletter to you.  We do not want you to miss anything!

All of us at FFGR, Inc. wish you all very Merry Christmas and a GREYT new year!

Greytdogs Store New Additions!

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You asked and we heard you!  One of the most popular items that all greyhound lovers want is collars!  We have never sold martingale collars in our store before because we felt that there are already so many collar makers around and most people have their favorite “go to” maker.  However, people still have been contacting us and asking if we sell collars.  So we decided to look around for wholesale opportunities and have found them.  Because we are a non-profit organization, we found a wonderful source for collars that gives us the opportunity to sell good quality collars at a very affordable price and make money for our group in the process.

We have just added a large number of various types of collars to our store and are awaiting another shipment to add.  These collars are all well made and rival other collars but are much more affordable.  Check out our store and our inventory.

Thanks so all of our adopters, friends and supporters who have helped make our store a greyt success this past year!  We appreciate your business!

 

Earn Money For FFGR, Inc. While You Walk!

Support our organization simply by walking your dog!  Wooftrax is a new program that pays you for just walking!  It’s not only fun and healthy, but now you have a extra good reason to walk.  Click on the banner above and you can download the free app on your IPhone or Android.  Use the app each time you grab for the leash. It’s healthy for you, your dog, and it will help the greyhounds.  Please pass this on to your friends and family.